Originally Posted by jscomp
Isn't the club a bit more upright through impact than at address? And doesn't the shaft bend in such a way as to exaggerate this a little? So wouldn't you WANT a club that rests more on the heel than in the middle of the sole at address? I've never been fitted in person. Do live fittings base lie angle recommendation on a snapshot of the clubhead through impact, shot dispersion, or how the clubhead rests at address?
Basically, I'm looking to put together a set from components and want to know if I should let the retailer bend the heads based on an accompanying height/wrist-to-floor chart, or assemble them as-is and then go to a place like Golfsmith to be fitted for lie and have them bend the finished clubs.
Lie angle at address has little to no bearing on the lie angle at impact. A fitter will have you hit balls on a lie board (basically just a piece of plexiglass) with impact tape on the sole to mark the bottom of the club at impact. Assemble them as-is, then go to Golfsmith and get fitted.
But to answer your first questions, yes it seems like like angle at setup is often flatter than lie at impact. I thought I needed my irons bent flat because the toe was up at address, and based on "charts", and should need flat lies in my irons based on my measurements. However, after getting fitted, I actually needed my irons bent 2 degrees upright. Proof that a good fitter is invaluable.